Good news first.
Doesn’t our kitchen look swish?
I glammed the house up a bit with some greenery in honour of my Mum’s visit and the return of The Three Little Pigs from holidays with grandparents.
The fireplace saga….
Round one of fireplace saga took place a year ago, I won’t bore you with the details. Round two of fireplace saga started with us collecting our fireplace from storage last month to find that we only had 4 metres of flue. No good for a 6+metre building. A few extra days and we soon had some extra flue. Next, the fan kit for the heater ($750) was nowhere to be found. Storage upturned and triple checked, supplier contacted and no evidence that it was delivered or not. Nice Wolf huffing and puffing (enough to circulate heat around house). No chance of paying for another. Fireplace installer and supplier both agree that fan is not necessary. Fireplace installed without fan and with a frame that’s sort of just hanging loosely off the wall….
A quick rush to get the driveway concreted before the timber floors were to be finished. The aim was to have an access point to the house that doesn’t involve traipsing through sand. A couple of quotes later and a bobcat was ploughing sand out of our front yard. Well worth the $300 + clean fill when compared to the hours of digging that would be the alternative. I’d never have thought we’d have 3 truckloads of sand/dirt to clear. All was going well until a little water spring appeared from the water meter. “It was already leaking. Can’t you tell by the green grass around it?” “Fair enough”, I said, wondering if there was also a leak from our letterbox which also has a green patch of grass.
I supplied the concrete contractor with a copy of council’s requirements for driveways, but thought that this should be old hat for any local concreter. If you follow council’s requirements, they’ll reimburse you for some of the cost of the “crossover”. Well, they almost got it right. No expansion joint at our property boundary….maybe I should get them to come back? Maybe it’s too late.
Our window shutters were due to be installed mid January. When I inquired about progress last week I was told there was a “slight delay” of a few more weeks due to one of the shutters being unusually small. Hmmm…..
Our timber floors are currently having “a rest” before being sanded and finished. The blackbutt stairs and our curved void area are quite impressive.
- Tree farms.
- Floor finishing, I hope!
- The return of our furniture.
- How are the builders tracking with the pre-handover list?
- And, you never know your luck, a pool before winter?